Things have been difficult for everyone with COVID-19. While we’ve all been focused on keeping ourselves and our communities safe, the Geek Partnership Society—a key community resource for geeks here in the Twin Cities—has been hit hard. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, GPS found most-to-all of its normal sources of operational funding drying up.
Geek Partnership Society may not be able to honor the terms of its lease and could face permanent closure if funds cannot be raised by end of July, 2020.
Please act now to support our facility, our community programs, and the resources we strive to provide to all geeks in the Twin Cities.
So, what happened?
-Clubs and individuals canceled their rentals of GPS’s venue spaces as people complied with sheltering orders and tried to maintain social distance.
-GPS Charity Auction events that we rely on for income were canceled as local conventions were canceled or postponed.
-Some of our large annual contributors are also having financial difficulties. because their conventions were postponed/cancelled for 2020.
What needs to happen now?
We need your help to keep GPS running through the end of the year. This will provide the time needed to plan a more flexible revenue model going into 2021. Our goal is to raise $40,000.
How will the funds be spent?
Every penny we gather will be used to cover the costs of rent, utilities, and essential infrastructure to keep GPS open and serving the geek community.
-$29,950.00 Will be applied to rent, and maintaining our lease through December 2020
$2,200.00 Will go to 5 months of utilities including…
-$89.88/month for internet service
-$200/month in electricity
-$1,355.00 Will cover operating expenses like…
-$5.00 a month for website hosting
-$200.00 annual domain renewals
-$1,025.00 annual 990 tax filing
-$125.00 annual ASCAP (music licensing to assist local convention performances and performers)
-$6,495.00 buffer funds to cover GoFundMe fees and for emergencies/unexpected expenses
Why is this important to you and our community?
Our community has already sustained recent losses. We don’t want to lose another pillar of the local geek community.
Please spread the word
It’s all hands on deck. We can do this if we all band together. Please spread the word by sharing this campaign on social media. #SaveGPS